With Black Friday on the way, holiday shopping is on everyone’s mind, but one shopping holiday is often overlooked—Small Business Saturday. It may be a weird time to be thinking about going out and participating in a public event like such, but it is more important than ever to increase our support for local Tampa businesses. Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving—or for you shoppers, the day after Black Friday—which will be November 28th this year. American Express founded Small Business Saturday in 2010 to help uplift those businesses that are overshadowed by big corporations.

Here in Tampa, there are plenty of great options for Small Business Saturday. Looking for some nice scenery while you enjoy your Small Business Saturday? Try Channelside Bay Plaza where you can shop and dine right on the waterfront. With amazing scenery, local shopping and dining, and the usual entertainment, no matter what you’re there for, you’re bound to enjoy yourself.

Our next spot you must hit up for your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday is one of Tampa's most popular hang-outs, Hyde Park Village. The outdoor mall has tons of local shops and restaurants that will make you want to explore everything, so make sure you take your time here!

Out to try something more unique during this year’s Small Business Saturday? Check out Old Tampa Book Company, a local bookstore with collectibles and rare finds. Here you’re sure to find something special you won’t find anywhere else. Another unique small business you’re going to want to take a look at is Seventh Avenue Apothecary. A family-owned business that is known for selling soy wax candles, Seventh Avenue Apothecary has the perfect candle for whatever season, holiday, or mood.

With so much to do, Small Business Saturday is bound to be a great day. Make the best choice possible for you and your community and shop at a small business this holiday season! Check-in with your favorite local businesses for some special Tampa shopping deals this November 28th for Small Business Saturday.